For All the Moms Overwhelmed by Raising Christian Kids in a Secular World
by Natasha Crain
I don’t normally write just to moms—my readers are both moms and dads—but in honor of Mother’s Day this one is specifically for all the moms out there.
For the past few days, I’ve been sick with some kind of flu/cold combination.
Yesterday, I pulled myself out of bed while feeling like I had a thousand pounds on top of me. As every mom knows, being sick doesn’t exempt you from getting the kids to school. So, I plodded down the stairs in my signature “I’m sick” robe and went to work making lunches.
After I finished making a hot dog and beans concoction, my daughter informed me she left her lunchbox at school…which had her thermos in it. The thermos was the only container that would have worked for what I had just made. I had to start all over and quickly get a sandwich together instead.
In stomped my younger daughter, who was devastated that she went to bed the night before with three braids in her hair, yet didn’t have the waves she hoped for in the morning. She blamed me for not braiding correctly and, in a huff, accidentally knocked a full glass of water all over the floor.
Not to be outdone, my son yelled from upstairs that he didn’t have a clean uniform to wear.
It was like the opening scene of a bad 1980s sitcom about wacky family life.
Rather than laugh, however, I lost it. I wasn’t sure if I felt more like yelling or crying, so it all just came out at once. But in the midst of the pandemonium, I suddenly had this thought:
This is the kind of day that makes moms think the stuff I write about is impossible to do.
Teach my kids how we know the Gospels are based on eye-witness testimony? I can’t even get lunch right.
Engage in nuanced conversations about evolution? My son doesn’t even have a clean shirt.
Discuss the evidence for God’s existence? My daughter just wants wavy hair.
Whether we’re sick or just getting through a normal day, it takes a lot to keep the family ship moving. When you’re already overwhelmed by daily life, reading my blog and/or book may seem like a giant “piling on” of what else should be happening.
If that’s how you feel, this post is for you. Here are the four things I think overwhelmed moms most need to hear…